Bird Sitting

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Bird sitting is the temporary care of domesticated birds in the home. Today there are a number of options for bird owners to care for their pets when they travel away from home on holiday. Here we explain some of the common traits and experiences in bird sitting for bird sitters and bird owners. At HouseSitMatch.com we can offer sitters with bird care experience.

Bird sitting
Parrots perched at home

The most popular birds kept as domesticated pets include: Cockatiels, Budgerigars, African Grey Parrots, Quaker parrots, Caiques, Conures, Finches, Canaries, Chickens and Ducks. Many are loved for their birdsong, some for their personalities, and some for their ability to mimic human voices.

Birds are largely intelligent active animals who’s needs must be identified and addressed.

First of all, when bird sitting, sitters must seek a good brief as to the needs of the birds, routines and feeding protocols. Bird owners must likewise help them by preparing a thorough brief on the requirements of the bird sit.

Bird sitting services

Pet sitting for birds is another way of offering bird sitting services. This includes feeding, cage cleaning and hand feeding if required.

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Some African Greys make bird sitting entertaining

Some house sitters are also bird sitters and will follow your brief to care for your pets while living in your home.

It is often best to have the sitters living in to ensure a watchful eye on your pets giving you peace of mind.

Some pet owners prefer to allow their birds to roam free in the home. This will be most likely for a period of time each day.

Sitters must be briefed on length and frequency of these free roaming sessions, and where in the home or on the property they take place.  Once playtime is over, open the front door on the cockatiel cage from Bird Cages Now to safely return the parrot to their enclosure.

 

Bird minding services
Hand feeding budgies

Briefing bird sitters on feeding routines

Foods and feeding routines can vary between different sizes of birds, and somewhat between domesticated and exotic bird species.

In general, birds follow a similar diet plan to humans. There is a requirement of 50% grains, and 45% fruit and vegetable matter. Bird sitters  need guidance on the specific variations of feeding routines.

If there is a variety of birds in an aviary, then detailed information regarding foods, feeding and cleaning is required.

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Cockatiel roams free at home

Bird minding

Bird minding is an alternative term for bird sitting or petsitting for birds. This is where a sitter is requested to care for the pets for a temporary period of time.

Different birds will require varying levels of care. Some birds are easy maintenance and need feeding, fresh water and a change of tray paper periodically.

Other birds need more involved care with specific feeding and free roaming routines, supervised by the sitter. Sometimes hand feeding is required for particular birds needing specific nourishment.

Most importantly, you should write a clear brief. As a result there will be clarity in the instructions for the sitter bird minding.

Petsitting with chickens

Bird sitting for hens
Pet sitting with chickens

Also, if you are minding hens with chickens you will need to follow the daily routine given to you carefully.

Pet sitting with chicken needs as much preparation as any other domestic bird or pet. Furthermore, you must write clear specifications for whether or not you wants eggs left for brooding hens, or eggs removed on a daily basis.

Most noteworthy, feisty cockerels also need to be understood as much as the daily routines required to keep them healthy and safe.

At HouseSitMatch.com we can help you to connect with bird minders who will take on your bird sitting assignments in exchange for free accommodation.

We offer our registered members a variety of document templates to help you prepare for a bird sitter or any other pet sitter.

Register on HouseSitMatch.com. It takes just five minutes. If you need extra help CONTACT US and we can help you in real time. We are available to help you.


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